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>> governor bobby jindal is scheduled to reveal his proposesal for balancing the budget. in shreveport bossier now it's 38 in barksdale, 38 in minden. you're >> next weekend, booktv and american history to be explore the history of shreveport, the museum, saturday, starting at noon east and -- new eastern on c-span2. and then, the red river campaign of 1864, and then i'll look at the over 200,000 books housed at the shreveport archives. then, a walking tour of shreveport, and on american history to be on c-span3, sunday at 5:00 p.m. eastern, a look at
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the role of the base from 9/11 and the history of the b-52 bomber. also, the founding fathers autographed collection, and from the pioneer heritage center, medical treatment and madison from the civil war. that is shreveport, the louisiana, next weekend, on c- span2 and c-span3. >> the house of commons returned this week after a short recess, and prime minister david cameron fielded questions during weekly question time. they also paid tribute to a war correspondent who was killed last week when syrian forces bombed a media center. >> for the prime minister, mr.
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betts? ] >> i am sure the whole house will join me in sending our deepest condolences to the families of the senior aircraftsmen. members of the house have also seen the reports that the talented and respected foreign correspondent of "the sunday times" marie colvin, has been killed in the bombing of syria. it is a desperately sad reminder of the risks are journalists take to inform the world of what is happening. in addition to my duties and the house, i will have further such meetings today. >> i associate myself with the prime minister's comments. one of the priorities is
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fighting crime. a number of frontline -- frontline police officers. responsible for apprehending 700 criminals. they will be strapped, despite the advice from the chief. how can we explain these matters, which clearly indicate to the public that crime will rise, another broken promise? >> the prime minister. >> on this issue, i know that there are talks under way, and i am confident that helicopter coverage will be maintained. on the issue, recorded crime is down under this government, and also, if you look at the figures from her majesty's inspectors, they believe that there will be more police this march than there were one year ago. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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this monday was meant to be a happy reunion at a middle school following the break, but instead, it turned out to be a day of mourning for the school and the community because of the news of a coach crash which claimed the life of a teacher and left many schoolteachers seriously injured. will the prime minister join me in expressing sympathy for all of those affected and for those who are still in france and being treated, a swift recovery and a speedy return home? >> i am grateful to my honorable friend for raising this desperately sad case. i know that mr. peter rippington was much respected, and i can tell him that our consular staff continue to provide support for all of those still in france. our ambassador has visited
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people in the hospital and is meeting with local authorities, and we will do everything we can to get people safely home. >> ed miliband. >> paying tribute to, i join you. he died bravely and courageously serving our country, and our thoughts are with our family and friends. there is the tragic death of marie colvin, a tireless reporter on many continents. she was also an inspiration to women in her position. a report in the hours before her death showed her work, and again, our thoughts today are with her family and friends. mr. speaker, on monday, the prime minister had a summit and managed to exclude the main organization representing the following professions, the
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nurses, the midwives, the pathologists, the psychologists, the therapists, and radiologists. how can he possibly think it is a good idea to hold a health summit which excludes the vast majority of people who work in the n.h.s.? >> what i want to do is safeguard our n.h.s.. we are putting more money into the n.h.s., money that they are specifically committed to taking out, but let's be frank. money alone is not going to be enough. we have got to meet the challenge of an aging population, more people on long term conditions, and that is why we have got to reform the n.h.s. my summit was about those organizations, including clinical groups up and down the country, 8200 gp practices that
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want to put these reforms in place. >> ed miliband. >> no answer to his ridiculous, which excluded the vast majority of people who work in the medical profession. let's remind ourselves what the prime minister said just a few short months ago during his thoughtful listening exercise. he said it should have the support of people who work there. we have to take our nurses and doctors with us. now, we cannot even be the same -- in the same room as the doctors and nurses. he has lost the confidence of those who worked in our national health service. >> what i want to know, mr. speaker, when is he going to ask a question about the substance of the reform? he does not want to ask. he does not want to ask about
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choice because they used to be in favor about choice. he does not want to answer that question about competition. they used to favor competition, but now they don't want to support competition in the bill. they used to support the gp's being in charge of the health budgets. the publication of the risk registers, why does he not ask a question about that? >> ed miliband. >> mr. speaker, mr. speaker, let me just -- mr. speaker, if he does not think it is a serious question of his exclusion of the vast majority of people who work at the n.h.s., he should not worry
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-- >> order. the house must calmed down. being statesmanlike is the mode for which members should strive. mr. ed miliband. >> we will come to the substance of the bill, mr. speaker, but let me ask him this question, because it is a very important question. there are people who attended the summit and expressed deep concern about the bill. following his help summits, can he tell us what changes, if any, he is planning to make to his bill? >> why do you not stop worrying about my diary and his complete lack of substance? we are going ahead with these reforms because we think it is good for patients to have choice. we think it is good to have the involvement of independent sectors in the n.h.s. we think it is good to have more emphasis on public health. that is why we are doing these
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reforms. let me remind him of one thing that he used to be me. he used to believe this, and this is what his health secretary said. the private sector puts its capacity into the n.h.s. for the benefit of the n.h.s. patients, which i think most people in this country would celebrate. they are now committed to a 5% cap, which would mean hospitals backing doctors, backing nurses. let me ask him again. we are here at 7:00 to vote on the risk register. are you going to ask a question about it, or are you frightened by your own motion? >> i think it would be good if we preserve some parliamentary manners, mr. certification ed miliband? >> nobody believes him, and at a hospital on monday, and met with senior staff working in hiv services, who explained to me
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how this bill will fragment and disrupt services. the health secretary should listen to the people who work in the health service. if he had done some were listening before, they explain that hiv treatment is currently commissioned by one organization, the primary care. under his plan, it will be commissioned by three organizations, the commission and board, the commissioning group, and the health and well- being board. they said to me it would damage the world-class service they provide for patients. now, what would he not listen to the people who actually know what they are talking about in the n.h.s.? >> if the right honorable gentleman is opposing other organizations that have expertise in aids and aids
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treatment taking part in the n.h.s., he will be opposing the trust, and do an enormous amount to support hiv/aids. the fact is that we can see, mr. speaker, is complete opportunism from the party opposite. they used to back choice and the independent sector and reform. i say, mr. speaker, you do not say the n.h.s. bought opposing reform. you save the n.h.s. by delivering reform. >> ed miliband. >> he does not even understand his own bill. mr. speaker, mr. speaker, let me just put it to him. it was on commissioning and what the experts -- >> order, order. opposition members are becoming an overexcited, and there is a long time to go, and i want to
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get to the bottom of the order paper. >> let me just say that i do not think the prime minister wants advice from him. let me explain about the fragmentation. i am glad you have got it. maybe when you get up, you can answer the question. >> order. order. i said to the prime minister. ed miliband. >> now the reason he has lost the top -- >> order, order, order. members might be enjoying themselves -- order. they might want to think what the country thinks. order. what the country thinks of how we conduct ourselves.
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mr. ed miliband. >> he has lost the confidence of the n.h.s. because of the promises he made before the election. will he give a straight answer to the question i asked two weeks ago and it meant that he has broken his promise of no top-down reorganization. >> and the longer, mr. speaker, and i think we would have to put him on a waiting list for care. he asked about integration. he asked about integration. let me just explain to him, i do not think he has read the bill, clause 22 and 25, putting measures into place for care. the bill is all about integration. but here we are, question 5, and he still will not mention his vote on the risk registers, and i think i know why, because i have the brief from this afternoon's debate, and there is an excellent section explaining
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why you do not publish whisker registers. the second argument is particularly strong. it goes like this. blocking the publication of the department of health risk registered in september 2009. a bunch of rank opportunists. not fit to run opposition, not fit for government. >> i will tell you what happened. i will tell you what happened under the last labour government, the problem with this prime minister is that he asks people to trust him, and he has betrayed that trust. on the n.h.s., he thinks he is
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right and everything -- everyone else is wrong. it has become not a symbol of how his party has changed but of his arrogance. i tell them this, this will become his poll tax. he should listen to the public, and he should drop this bill. >> six questions, and not to mention of the motion they put in front of the house denied to put forth the argument and then not to back it up. that is an absence of leadership. >> order. members on both side of the house are yelling at each other. it is rude. it is not fair to the prime minister and the leader of the opposition, it should stop. mr. prime minister. >> let me tell them what is happening. waiting times down. waiting times before in patients down. number of people waiting in total, down. the number of people waiting more than a year are cut in
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half. this is the record rehab. 4000 more doctors. almost 1000 more midwives. now, he talks about what people think about this government. let me just remind him what his two-time candidate said about this week. you are not articulating a destination, ecorse, and no one is following you. your problem is you are not a leader. i could not have put it better myself. >> thank you, mr. speaker. in 2009, when the conservatives took control of the county council of lancashire, fostering services or rated unsatisfactory -- were rented --
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rated unsatisfactory. they are doing it better, as well. >> my friend makes an important point, which is across the country, you have different councils coast -- coping with this and producing different results, and i think we need to publish all of these figures so we can see which are doing well and getting value for money, as they clearly aren't there. which are really doing the best to get the children out of care and get them into a warm and loving home. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the national minimum wage has lifted millions of workers out of poverty pay, will the prime minister give a commitment today to drop the unjust plans to freeze it? >> we support the minimum wage, and we have supported raising its, and i think it has an important role to play.
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>> the children of somalia should have an expectation of life, and does not tomorrow's london conference give the opportunity to signal to the terrorists who corrupt somalia that we are all intend to do all we can to ensure stability and good governance in somalia? and will the prime minister welcome the participation of the president of somaliland? >> i am grateful to my right honorable friend for rising this -- raising this issue. we will be welcoming the president of somalia into the confidence -- conference, and he has taken an important step forward to show that they can have better economic progress, and i think they are an example that others can follow, but this conference is not about recognizing somaliland. it is about putting together building blocks among the somalis themselves for a stronger and safer somalia, and that means taking action on
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piracy and hostages and increasing its funding and its role in mogadishu, and it means working with all the parts to try to give that country, which has been more blighted by famine, disease, by terrorism, by violence than almost any other in the world, to give that country a second chance. >> given what the prime minister said last week in scotland, will be devote as much time to facing up to the grievances that the english feel from the current proposals of devolutioned? will there be a debate on the english question? some members of all parts of the house can advise him on what part of devolutions we need? >> we have obviously set up a group to look at this issue, and we obviously want to make sure
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that devolutioned works for everyone in the united kingdom, but i would part company slightly for this reason. i believe the united kingdom has an incredibly successful partnership, and i think that far from wanting to appeal to english people to nurture a grievance they feel, they can say this has been a great partnership for scotland and a great partnership for england, too. of course, scotland must make its choice, but we hope that scotland would choose to remain part of this partnership that has done so well for 300 years. >> thank you, mr. speaker. will the prime minister a great that there is a great opportunity for those of us in bristol who haven't long campaign for the resurrection of local rail? >> i support having elected
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mayors and our great cities. obviously, it will be for those cities themselves to choose. bristol will have the chance to make that choice. i think what people and not entirely unnoticed is that they have gone through some devolutioned in terms of the powers and the money that we are prepared to offer them so they can build their own. if you think and how they need manchester, liverpool, how these great cities actually build themselves up in the fourth place, it was the great city figures that did it for them. >> on tuesday, the education secretary said the prime minister's decision to set up the leveson inquiry was having a chilling effect on the freedom of expression. >> it was a decision fully supported by the entire government, and i think my right
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honorable friend is making an important point, which is even as the inquiry goes on, we want to have a vibrant press that will call a powerful into account. we do not want to see it chilled. there can be an advantage to having a chilled, but that is not what we want. >> many in my constituents look at the refusal yesterday to sign off on the eu accounts. does the prime minister agree with me that it is totally unacceptable for 17 years now the u.s. failed to get auditors to sign off on its accounts? >> it was the dutch and the swedes, as well. fraud has not been properly dealt with, it is entirely right to make this stand. >> last week at edinburgh, the prime minister said there were
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more power is on the table for scotland but could not name any. can the prime minister now name one power that has been in his mind? >> i did not think that the scottish national party favored devolutioned. i thought they favored separation, but as soon as you are offered a referendum that gives them a chance, you start running away. >> thank you, mr. speaker. tomorrow, members of this house will have a chance following be fit for cycling campaign. there is still much to do. will the prime minister commit the government to increase investment in cycling and promote it across the country? >> i think the "the times" campaign is a good one, and i strongly support what they are trying to do.
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particularly in one of our busiest cities. they know you are taking your life into your hands every time you do so, so we need to do more to try to make cycling safer. the government is making it easier to install mirrors at junctions, and we are putting money into training for children and for better facilities across the country. i think if we want to encourage the growth of cycling in recent years, we have to get behind campaigns like this. >> since he has been prime minister, the company a4e has gotten contracts worth 224 million. in view of the fact that there are record numbers of unemployed people and that employees of this company have been arrested, what action is he taking to make sure that neither the vulnerable underway people no. taxpayer are
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victims of fraud by that company? >> the honorable lady raises an important issue, and i understand this issue actually dates back to two years to schemes run by the previous government, and as i understand, it was the company itself that raised the issue with the relevant authorities. there is an ongoing police investigation, so it would not be proper for me to comment further. but we need to look at the truth and take into account its findings. >> young people and have benefited from work experience in the working world. does the prime minister praise those companies who do everything they possibly can to encourage work experience schemes? unlike the minister who shot them down and would rather see people get a hand out as opposed to a hand up in life. >> i think the honorable lady will speak for many in this house and the overwhelming majority in this country who think that companies offering
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work experience schemes to those on benefits is a fairly good thing, and let's be clear. these young people, this is not a compulsory scheme. the findings are around half of them are actually giving work at the end of these schemes. that is a far better outcome, at one 20th of the cost. i think we should encourage young people to expand work experience. it gives people the chance of seeing more and all that involves, and gives them a better chance of getting a job. >> thousands of bae workers are angry about the indian contract. earlier this week, you held a meeting. when will you be having a meeting add 10 downing street for all? >> we will hear.
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>> i have met with a number who have them in their areas, including one member who came to seem a with another member at the same time, so i have had coming to see me. i have been undertaking trips across the middle east, and i have to say, when i do, i actually criticized by labour. i think it is great to fly the flag for british businesses, and i will continue to do so. >> mr. speaker, last week at the breakfast table, one woman was saying how she knew the prime minister wanted to deport the terrorist, but it was being
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blocked by the deputy prime minister. our 11-year-old son thomas asked, it is nick clegg a goodie or a badie? what does the prime minister think? >> there is only so much detail i can take from the bone households. i believe that he should be deported, but she is a psychic. that is exactly what i believe. that is what the ministers are working so hard with the jordanians to give the assurances we need so this can, indeed, take place, and the prime minister thermally backs that approach. >> mr. speaker, both the prime minister and the housing minister have told the house minister have told the house


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